Crónicas Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2005
Cronicas is the kind of movie that grabs you while you're watching, even if later you wish it had grabbed a little harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 17, 2005
Even though he's been around for years, the promise Leguizamo shows in Crónicas makes it seem as though the actor is just getting started.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2005
Disturbing and thought-provoking... with a truly unsettling ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 11, 2005
Cronicas sometimes strikes an uneasy balance between sensationalism and sober reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 7, 2005
It never quite achieves the level of journalistic condemnation it so clearly seeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 7, 2005
Who could've guessed subtitles would make John Leguizamo a better actor?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
With considerable passion and more than a little anger, Cronicas argues that our appetite for an increasing coarse and sensational type of news programming has skewed our inner compasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
Leguizamo has played sidekicks. With Cronicas he seems looks for a meatier part.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 5, 2005
Shot on location in two villages of the filmmaker's native country, Crónicas seethes with authenticity, suspense and drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
Cronicas as a whole doesn't engender much gravity, because its central theme is so inane.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 3, 2005
A sharp, intelligent film.... Who'd have thought an Ecuadorian film would have so much to say about modern American journalism?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 2, 2005
[T]he kind of 'small' picture that rarely crops up in the mainstream Hollywood movie system ... an unsettling piece of work -- a scenic and sunlit, chilling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
This gets television journalism right.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 30, 2005
...has a gritty texture that keeps the events interesting.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
July 29, 2005
Even as the film sometimes veers into unproductive sidebars, there's a masterful tension to it, Alcazar is wonderful, and the final shot is a stunner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
July 26, 2005
This is not Hollywood filmmaking, and if it were not for the familiar and likable face of Leguizamo, the average Saturday night filmgoer would be clawing at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: '3'
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Cronicas has a cracking good plot, a central moral issue and John Leguizamo speaking Spanish. What more does a film need?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Though Crónicas starts as a stark tragedy about widespread suffering, it morphs into a preachy, languorous treatise on manipulative media.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 22, 2005
An uneven film that's nevertheless genuinely disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 21, 2005
Cordero gives Cronicas the rhythm of a 1970s American film, reveling in his characters' flaws, and revealing an anti-hero with no easy resolutions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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